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Killed: Detective Garda Colm Horkan was shot dead on patrol

Killed: Detective Garda Colm Horkan was shot dead on patrol

Killed: Detective Garda Colm Horkan was shot dead on patrol

The Detective Garda who was killed in the line of duty in Roscommon earlier this year is set to be honoured with a memorial pitch at his local GAA club so his kindness, modesty and heroism can be remembered.

Mayo club Charlestown Sarsfields this week unveiled plans for the Colm Horkan Memorial Pitch in honour of the 49-year-old officer who was fatally shot while on duty in Castlerea on June 17.

Stephen Silver, of Aughaward, Foxford, Co Mayo, was charged with capital murder in relation to the death.

A Charlestown Sarsfield spokesperson said the club wanted to do something to honour their clubmate.

“To honour our late clubmate and friend, Colm Horkan, Charlestown Sarsfields GAA club are planning the development of a new 'All-Weather floodlit pitch' to be named the 'Colm Horkan Memorial Pitch'.

"The project will also involve the construction of new community walkways and the upgrade of existing facilities at Fr O’Hara Park.”

The spokesperson said the community and club were struggling to come to terms with Colm’s death in “the prime of his life, doing the job he loved the best way he knew how”.

“He touched the lives of many in the communities of Charlestown and beyond, with dignity and regalness characterising his every action and deed. He loved his town and this was the place where many great friendships and bonds were moulded.

“Colm loved his football and served Charlestown Sarsfields with distinction over the course of a long, stellar and star-studded career.”

The club said Colm donned the green and white jersey with honour and excellence and reached great heights playing for the club.

“He played with courage, intelligence and intensity and brought tremendous passion to the fields of play with O’Hara Park his domain and the scene of many of his greatest performances as he inspired his team and led from the front at all times.

"He was a born leader and played with a conviction and belief that typified his persona and character and he never let the jersey down and more often than not came up with the right pass or the crucial score to get the Sarsfields over the line in many of our epic victories.

"His quality and sheer class will forever remain intact as his kindness, modesty and heroism will stay etched in our memories and consciousness for many a long day."

The club said they hope the development of the Colm Horkan Memorial Pitch and Community walkways will be “a fitting legacy for the great man and a facility for the community to enjoy for generations to come”.

They said the project will take three years to complete and they hope to fund it through capital sports grants and local fundraising.

Those looking to donate can do so at https://colmhorkanmemorialpitch.com/.

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